God is Awesome

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
– The Doxology

I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.
– Psalm 86:12

Have you ever been struck by the awesomeness of God? What I mean is, have you ever seen something, usually in creation, that just makes you stop and praise God? I can remember quite a few in my life that I want to share with you.

The first time I really remember seeing the stars in all their beauty was once when Kristi and I were driving from Iowa to Colorado during Spring Break. It was dark and I was resting in the backseat, while Kristi was driving. We were probably in Eastern Colorado or Nebraska at the time and it was very dark outside, with nothing to illuminate the sky except for the stars. I was amazed at what I saw. So many stars in the sky, an amount that I had never seen before. I was struck by the awesomeness of God in creation. All I could do was offer praise to the God that created it all.

Another time was when Ava came into the world. Holding my firstborn in my arms was a feeling I will never forget. Months were spent in preparation making sure we had everything we needed. But while holding Ava, all the preparation seemed useless. I was now a father to this new life, and God has given me the task of raising her and telling her about His greatness. Here was such an amazing gift from God and again it just made me stop and think about the awesomeness of God. Again, all praise was due to Him, the Creator of everything.

The Doxology above is an old Christian hymn that comes to my mind quite often in those moments when I am struck by how great God is. All I can do is praise the one from where all blessings come. One prayer I have is that I never get bored with the thought of God. That I will always be in praise to God, who has blessed me with more than I could ever imagine. David in Psalm 86 reminds us of this very thing, that we should praise God forever and with all our heart. He deserves all that and more; He is worthy of it all. Our God is awesome. Praise Him today, tomorrow, and forever.

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